Treasures of King Tut
Like many I have met, I have long been enchanted with ancient Egypt, so when it was announced and exhibit of King Tutankhamun artifacts was going to be at the California Science Center many of my friends were excited to go, and we arranged a date to attend together. Sadly, I ended up with a terrible stomach ache that day, but thankfully Patrick and I were able to exchange our tickets for a different date, and we attended on our own.
Unlike some past exhibits, which are made up of replicas, this exhibit features all actual artifacts of King Tut’s tomb. This is also the largest King Tut exhibition to tour the globe, with over 150 artifacts, including 60 of which have never left Egypt before. Among some of my favorite pieces were the miniature game of Senet (which I have fond memories of playing with my mother when I was younger), the conopic jar stopper, and of course the variety of jewelry.
The exhibit will remain at the California Science Center in LA until January 9th, then it will go onto Europe, visiting ten cities over the next seven years. In addition to being the largest exhibit, this will also be the last time the artifacts of King Tut’s tomb will be on display outside of Egypt. Ticket sales from this exhibition are going to fund a permanent King Tut wing at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
It is important to note that the iconic Death Mask, sarcophagus, and mummy are not part of this tour. The Death Mask is considered too fragile for touring, and remains at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo per the Egyptian government. Meanwhile King Tut’s mummy remains within his tomb in the Valley of the Kings, being removed only for scientific study, and has never left Egypt.
I highly recommend this exhibit if you are interested in ancient Egypt. It is a highly informative exhibit, sharing information on both King Tut and Howard Carter, the famed Egyptologist who discovered Tut’s tomb. The artifacts are displayed well, many in four sided glass cases, so you can view the front, back, and side.
To learn more about the exhibit, and receive updates on where it will go next, visit the website.
Hat: Urban Eccentric, Vancouver, Washington
Blouse: Simply Vintage Boutique, Portland, Oregon
Skirt: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Purse: Portland Antique Expo
Earrings: AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium, Portland, Oregon
Ring: Found by my dad
Bracelets: A Rolling Stone, Redlands, California
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6 comments on “Treasures of King Tut”
My mom and I saw the exhibit the first time it came to LA. I think that was about 10 or 12 years ago or so but it was a long time ago. Tami
Would love to see this. Enjoyed your 1930s-ish outfit and had to laugh cos I just posted to Instagram my brooch re-make of a young Tutankhamen fridge magnet
That is brilliant! I too have done that before with magnets!
Such a gorgeous outfit and beautiful artifacts! I saw one of the replica exhibitions you mention a few years ago, which was still interesting of course, but nothing like being in the room with the real thing. I do have a friend living in Egypt now, so I really should just go visit!
Oh my goodness, that would be pure heaven! We want to go to Egypt as well, we recently read about a river cruise aboard the SS Sudan, which is what we would really like to do.
Thanks for posting this! I saw the exhibit when it came to The Los Angeles Museum of Art back in the 70s. It was amazing! Thanks for posting this!